Preventing Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is more commonly known as gum disease, which is caused by bacteria in plaque that builds up between the teeth and gums. As the bacteria continues to develop, it starts to cause inflammation of the surrounding teeth and gums. When left untreated, the inflammation can cause deterioration in the gums and its supporting bone structure. These dental conditions can lead to gum recession and/or tooth loss, in some cases research has shown association to diabetes and heart disease.

At New Look Dental, we work with our patients in the preventative care associated with periodontal disease. Additionally, there are daily habits which can be incorporated in an at-home routine and below are few that can help:

Remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day – It is important to brush after every meal as food can get trapped between your teeth and gums. Brushing daily will also help reduce plaque buildup. Also, remember to brush your tongue as well since bacteria loves to hide there!

Floss once a day! – Flossing helps remove any food and plaque left between teeth and gumline that your toothbrush just couldn’t get to.

Rinse with mouthwash – Using mouthwash once a day is a great way to remove any excess food particles or plaque left behind from brushing and flossing.

Assessing other risks – Research has shown that there are other factors which can lead to periodontal disease, such as: Age, Smoking, Unhealthy Diet and Genetics. If you think you are at risk, be sure to visit your dentist for a comprehensive periodontal evaluation.

Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation – We will assess your periodontal health by examining your teeth, plaque, gums, bite, visible bone structure and risk factors. As your general dentist, we will recommend a visit to a Periodontist should you need a more specific evaluation.